Prepare to be amazed!
POSTED: Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 3:46pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 3:50pm
El Paso, TX — Ok so everyone has heard of a blue moon right?
For those who haven't a blue moon is is an extra full moon that appears twice in one season or a month.
These occurrences are rare, as in the expression "once in a blue moon".
So that being said, have you ever heard of a red moon?
If you haven't heard of it, then see if for yourself.
On April 15th, you will have a rare experience of seeing the moon turn red!
That's right the the total lunar eclipse will be visible for everyone in the United States to see that night, if the weather permits obviously.
Mark you calendars, I already have and make sure to camp out on your front porch or backyard, because around 1:00 a.m. mountain time or 2:00a.m central time, the moon will turn a dark pink or a light red color as the earth moves in between the moon and the sun.
Good news is this phenomenon will last about 78 minutes from the start of when the earth begins to cast a shadow on the moon to when the moon turns this amazing pink/red color.
If you are wondering, "wait a minute, if the earth is casting a shadow on the moon, how is it supposed to turn colors?"
For starters, you are right.
The shadow of Earth will completely cover the moon, but remember that the earth isn't big enough to cover the sun even at that distance.
So the areas that aren't cover will produce a red glow around the earth, and that red light scatters, causing the moon to appear red.
Amazing isn't it?!
I myself find outer space pretty intriguing. Although this topic isn't really weather related, it is worth mentioning.
And for all you star gazers out there, you will really appreciate this fact.
We will have a total of 4 lunar eclipses that will be seen in the United States from now until 2015. Meaning every six months there will be a lunar eclipse. This phenomenon is called a Tetrad.
The next one is set to take place Oct 8, 2014. The ones in 2015 are scheduled for April 4,2015 and Sept 28,2015.
This phenomenon, the four eclipses in a row is not common at all!
A Tetrad is so uncommon that between 1600-1900, there were no Tetrads recorded!
No matter what my work schedule looks like I will definitely make it a point to not miss out on this amazing opportunity of being part of the Tetrad and witnessing a Pink Full Moon for the first time!